What Distinguishes FTTH From FTTR?


FTTH Fiber To The Home, is an optical fiber communication transmission technique. In particular, FTTH refers to the installation of optical network units (ONU) at residential or business locations. FTTR Fiber To The Room, is a novel form of optical fiber-based in-premises networking technology. Both FTTH and FTTR are fiber optic technologies that deliver high-speed internet access, but they differ in where they terminate the fiber optic cable. Here’s a breakdown of the key distinctions.

FTTH (Fiber-to-the-Home):

  • Fibertermination: Extends the fiber optic cable to a central point within the home, usually near the entrance.
  • Coverage: Provides high-speed internet access throughout the home, but the signal strength might weaken at farther points due to reliance on Wi-Fi distribution.
  • Cost: Generally more affordable than FTTR as it involves less fiber optic cable installation.
  • Deployment: Widely available in many areas, making it a common choice for most homes.


FTTR (Fiber-to-the-Room):

  • Fiber termination: Extends the fiber optic cable to individual rooms within the home, providing dedicated connections to devices.
  • Coverage: Guarantees consistent high-speed internet access in every room, eliminating Wi-Fi dead zones.
  • Cost: More expensive than FTTH due to the increased amount of fiber optic cable and installation complexity.
  • Deployment: Less common than FTTH, but becoming increasingly available in new developments and high-end homes.

In essence:

FTTH is like bringing a high-speed highway to your doorstep, while FTTR is like extending that highway to every room in your house.

Here are some additional factors to consider:

Number of devices: If you have many devices that require high bandwidth, FTTR might be more beneficial.

Home layout: If your home has a complex layout with thick walls or signal-blocking materials, FTTR can provide better coverage.

Future needs: If you anticipate needing even higher speeds in the future, FTTR might be a better investment.

Ultimately, the best choice for you depends on your specific needs and budget.

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